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1956 Bangert Manta Ray

$49,900

Details

  • $49,900
  • Body Type: Sports , Convertible
  • Year Built: 1956
  • Trans: Manual
  • Fuel Type: Gas
  • Ext color: Red
  • Int color: Black

1956 Bangert Manta Ray Sports / Race Car

Inspired By The 1954 Buick Wildcat II Concept Car

Noel Bangert was in his early 20s when he decided he wanted to design and build a sports car. He first teamed with up with the Campbell brothers in 1953 and created a sports car body for use on short wheelbase foreign sports cars. This design was later sold by the Hollywood Plastics Sports car company. In 1954 he opened up his own company called “Bangert Enterprises” in Los Angeles, California, and launched his second car – the “Stag.” This was targeted for sale to race car builders with the most famous one built being the Baldwin Mark II driven by Bill Pollack.

Bangert’s work continued to evolve and by the summer of 1955 his third design debuted – the Bangert Manta Ray. This design was inspired by the 1954 Buick Wildcat II Concept car built from the new “wonder” material – fiberglass. Back then, “fiberglass” was the “carbon-fiber” of its day and drew attention wherever cars built from this composite appeared.

The last design penned by Bangert was offered in 1957. Soon after, Bangert made a career move to Hollywood, changed his last name to “Marshall” based on an earlier family name, and became a successful talent agent. It was during this time he married Hollywood actress Tippi Hedren. In 1973 he became the executive producer of “The Exorcist” horror film. Next he wrote, directed, co-produced and starred in the film Roar (1981), which also featured his wife Tippi. Noel Bangert led an exciting and adventurous life and passed away in 2010. Click here to learn more about Noel and his background.

Elwood Caufmann started building this car in 1954 and finished in 1956. He detailed his story in a handwritten 4-page story shared below. Missing for nearly 50 years, the Cauffman Manta Ray was found several years ago and brought to Florida for documentation and restoration. In 2015 it appeared on Ray Evernham’s “AmeriCarna” Velocity Channel TV show in unrestored condition. After its appearance, the restoration undertaken was both a tribute to Noel Bangert, the designer of the car, and Elwood Cauffman, the builder of this car. With this in mind, the body was returned to its original design and the mechanics and chassis kept close to Cauffman’s original design and build.

The debut of this restored Manta Ray occurred earlier this year at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. See photo below showing Ray Evernham with restored Manta Ray at the Concours. Just four Bangert Manta Ray cars are known to exist. Two are race cars and two are sports cars. This car is being sold “as-is.”

Technical Specifications:

Refurbished Chevrolet 350 with new parts as needed

Custom built chassis by Elwood Cauffman as describe above

Original 3-speed Ford transmission

New gauges and wiring

New gas tank and filler

New brake cylinders, master, lines, and shoes

Quick disconnect steering wheel

New windshield glass

New upholstery

New tires in rear

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